"The right to punish, therefore, is an aspect of the sovereignâ€™s right to make war on his enemies." -Fuko
I've been personally tired of seeing Tommy's rules still up after the rev has been successful (dirty despot).
However, as any good leaders of a revolution it is now our job to decree slightly different but mostly similar ("meet the new boss...") rules for you minor serfs to follow. I'm sure Dustin and Chris have their own slight variations on how they do things and they can feel free to share them in this thread (but we know they aren't as important ).
1. No Trolling - Policy is that this is absolutely a no-no and will be deleted on sight. This is content better suited for The Hole. However in instances of funny trolling i'll probably turn the other cheek until it inevitably becomes lame (level of humor is based on the scientific "porn test"). As for serial trolls, unless you are saying something constructive (or funny: see above)your posts will probably not get much love here, sorry but society must be defended.
2. Be Nice - Don't be pricks to other people here. Hateful language is strictly prohibited (racist, sexist, just plain fucked up, etc.) and if bad enough will result in a citation thingy. I can understand getting frustrated with people sometimes. My policy here is to remove confrontational posts and remove/stop flames and flamewars when possible. Again as with trolling, discussions that might have some intellectual value (porn test) will be given some leeway on time before deletion to be worked out (as the sovereign i cant complain to much about you turning against yourselves).
3. Keep it Clean - Not talking about cussing here, i could give a shit less about that as long as it doesn't impede intellectual discussion or is malicious. I mean this in the sense that maybe that post your about to publish doesn't need to be posted. Please. We don't need 7 threads with explanations of Hillman. Doing this helps keep the forum neat and pretty. Read: "Pre-Posting Tips"
4. Be Smart. Be Creative. - We're all here to learn more, and we can always learn from each other. Even if you are a novice do not be intimidated to share your thoughts, ask questions, think differently about things, makes jokes here, etc. We are lucky enough to have this space to have these discussions, lets not waste it.
** Pre-Posting Tips **
Whenever I encounter nebulous terms in critical theory/philosophy literature that I don't really understand start with a wikipedia search, regardless of what your teachers have told you The Wiki is an amazing tool:
Then narrow it with the google machine. Useful websites do not have to be only card useful. Often times the best sources to start your research in an argument are blog posts from sometimes anon posters. These can contextualize the argument your working for in a simple way while also pointing to where you can find the same arguments in the source literature.
Still have questions? Just want to discuss what you learned? Then the next step is to use the search function and check the "Official Threads" depository to make there isn't already a place for this discussion.
If nothing, then post away.
Just remember, it is always more rewarding to (at least try to) figure something out through your own research than looking for somebody to give you the easy answer.
[Disclaimer: Naturally the above applies more to the "can somebody explain...?" type of threads and not general discussion threads, discussion is always promoted]